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Papyrological Institute

The Leiden Papyrology+ group

Leiden University has a rich history in the domain of Papyrology. Papyrology+, founded in 2014, is a collaboration of Leiden scholars studying (Abnormal) Hieratic, Demotic, Aramaic, Greek, Latin, Coptic, and Arabic papyri from a socio-historical, economic and linguistic perspective.

Papyrology+ aims to explore new opportunities and directions in the study of ancient papyri and to give greater publicity to Leiden Papyrology in general. The project ‘Text in Context’, which was awarded with an internationalisation grant by NWO, also was an initiative of the Papyrology+ Group.


The University made it possible for Papyrology+, by the allocation of part of the Plug Legacy, to organize extra activities during the coming years. Thus, Papyrology+ organizes a yearly lecture, together with the National Museum of Antiquities, on a papyrological subject for a larger public and a series of conferences in the fall. Further, Papyrology+ organizes lectures and workshops by visiting colleagues from abroad, and in the summers of 2015-2018 and 2021 joint courses in papyrology were offered through the LUCL Summerschool.

Leidse Papyrologielezingen (in Dutch)

2015: “Egyptische jongens in het Romeinse leger: soldatenbrieven uit Egypte” door prof. dr. Arthur Verhoogt, University of Michigan

2016: “Bijbelse boeken van een oude Egyptische vuilnisbelt: christelijke papyri in context” door prof. dr. AnneMarie Luijendijk, University of Princeton

2017: “Griekse kolonel huwt Egyptische dame: een multiculturele wandeling in het Egypte van de Cleopatra's” door prof. dr. Katelijn Vandorpe, Universiteit Leuven

2018: “Van heidendom naar Christendom? Het religieuze veranderingsproces in laatantiek Egypte” door prof. dr. Jitse H.F. Dijkstra, University of Ottawa

2019: “Alexandrië onder keizer Augustus” door prof. dr. Peter van Minnen, University of Cincinnati

2021: "Moedwil en misverstand op het Egyptische platteland. Uit het archief van Pisentius, bisschop van Koptos († 632)” door prof. dr. Jacques van der Vliet, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen/Universiteit Leiden

Conference series 'Papyri in a Changing World'

 29-31 October 2015: “Papyri & Social Networks”

27-29 October 2016: “Beyond Papyri: The Materiality of Ancient Texts”

9-11 November 2017: “Late Antique Religion in Practice: Papyri and the Dynamics of Religious Identification”

22-24 November 2018: "The Language of Law in Ancient Documents” 

10-12 October 2019:  “The Island of the Divine Crocodile”

18-19 November 2021: "Multilingualism in Egypt: Comparative Perspectives on Language Choice in Documentary Papyri"

Conference proceedings

F.A.J. Hoogendijk – S.M.T. van Gompel (eds), The Materiality of Texts from Ancient Egypt (Papyrologica Lugduno-Batava 35, Brill, Leiden – Boston 2018)

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